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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000024Q7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. When It's Love 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Right Now 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Van Halen Best Of Van Halen The

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It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original front-man David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of 1980s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love". But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Phily.D on 4 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was interested in hearing some Van Halen music after only knowing some of their singles, so I thought a greatest hits album would be a good introduction. I was not disappointed, and would definately recommend this album to a first time Van Halen buyer.
The album's songs are in date order, so the first 8 tracks are with original front man David Lee Roth (1979 - 1984), and tracks 9 - 14 have vocals by replacement Sammy Hagar (1986 - 1996). There are then 3 new tracks at the end (1 with SH, and 2 with DLR, who rejoined the band to record the new stuff).
The DLR era starts very rocky, his showmanship and vocals are unique and enjoyable, whilst Eddie Van Halen's guitar pieces are out of this world. The album progresses into 80's synth rock with songs such as Jump (that song everybody knows), with the inclusion of keyboards. This gives great music variety.
Sammy Hagar's era has more ballads, which at first sound boring in comparison to the start of the album, but after a few listens you can appreciate the maturing of the band. Eddie continues to amaze, and SH delivers well on vocals to this kind of rock.
The new songs rock, and sound fresh, I wouldn't say they were 'disposable', but an example of how Van Halen can still churn out great music.
In conclusion the music on this album is wide, as it spans over a 15 year period. Some great rock tracks, the best guitar solo's your'll ever hear, great keyboard work, and great ballads that still have the Van Halen edge that makes you want more. David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar both deliver great vocals with a unique individual spin, and Eddie Van Halen has to be one of the all time great guitarists and all round musicians. Bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen are extremely under-rated, both are supurb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Lewis VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2004
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This is a great compilation, especially for those who have only heard Jump! Its got nearly all of their well-know songs, such as Jump, Aint' talkin' bout love and humans being (featured in the movie Twister).
Van Halen's original lineup was fronted by Dave Lee Roth who eventually left to start his solo career (see "Eat em and Smile" featuring Steve Vai) and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, only to have Roth return briefly for a song or two. You'll find Roth-era songs at the begining and the end of this CD with a chunk of Sammy Hagar era songs in the middle. There are a couple of great songs missing from the album but if you like this CD and want to hear more, I heartily recommend 1984, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and "Van Halen" their debut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Galantini on 12 Dec 2005
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Let's face it, Best of albums are rarely true to their title.
In this case however, we have without doubt, the finest collection of Van Halen's awsome guitar riffs and solos.
Great value for money!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on 16 Sep 2009
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In my opinion, this cd is a good place to begin if this is your first Van Halen cd. Both of the David Lee Roth songs and Sammy Hagar songs on this cd are great. My overall favorite cd on the song is "Dreams". The thing I like about this cd is that it features songs by both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. This is a good cd to put in your stereo player when you need an emotional energy boost. Admittedly, I wish that the song "Finish what you started" was on this cd but this greatest hits compilation is a good taster of Van Halen songs for a person starting to listen to Van Halen cds. The top five songs on the cd are:

#1 Dreams (10 out of 10)-a wonderful song about going after your dreams regardless of the outer circumstances that come up. I first heard this wonderful song as a teenager when I was at a soccer game of one of my cousins who was playing at a university in Indiana.
#2 Right Now (10 out of 10)- a good song on seizing the moments in your life, hence right now. Its also encouraging one to go after what they plan immediately.
#3 Can't Stop Lovin You (9 out of 10) A heartwarming song about how the love for the other person endures regardless of the challenges that appear.
#4 Why Can't this be Love (9 out of 10)- an interesting song about how the person is ready to go the next step in their relationship with the one they care about and they're wondering why take time in going to the next level when the chemistry already exists in that relationship.
#5 Jump-(9 out of 10)- an energetic song on how a person needs to go ahead and make the leap towards what they think or desire regardless of how challenging it may seem. An encouraging and motivating song in the same positive spirit as "Dreams"(with the soul of Sammy Hagar) but with the soul of David Lee Roth.

All in all the compilation is a good to listen to when you want to give yourself a good emotional boost towards feeling joyful.
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Not many people would have picked this as a best of Van Halen and certainly not if the vol.1 tag is to be taken seriously. There is some great music here but much weaker material too - put it this way - many folk will play bits of this album a lot but few people will be playing the whole album start to finish more than once.
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By Raymond J Williams on 25 Nov 2013
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Been a music fan for 60 years. At last I have bought a Van Halen CD. Wish I still had my 45's, EP's, and LP's. What a mug.
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By Bozzi on 6 Oct 2013
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If u r a fan of the 80's and Rock & Roll, this is one of the best u can have.
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'The best of' - a title used on many an album. Very few can carry the mantel track after track. Quality start to finish so add it to your collection.
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